School-based apprenticeships and traineeships provide students aged 15 years and above with valuable employment skills, hands-on industry experience and a nationally recognised qualification, while still completing secondary school. This is a great way to kick start your career.
If you currently have a job working at KFC, Hungry Jack’s, McDonald’s or Salsa’s, school-based traineeships are readily embedded within your normal work hours.
As a trainee or apprentice in one of these programs, you will go to school and, with the school’s approval, you and a guardian (if you are under 18) will sign a training contract with an employer in your chosen industry. This gives you the same employment, training conditions and responsibilities as other apprentices and trainees. The employer will pay you for the time you spend at work.
You will do some of your training at a TAFE or private training provider and some at work. You may complete your traineeship while at school, but most apprenticeships will be completed after you leave school.
What school-based apprenticeships and traineeships are available?
Many industries have approved apprenticeships and traineeships for school students. They include the manufacturing, electrical, construction, health, engineering, automotive, sport, hospitality, business, primary and food industries.
What will I get from a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship program?
When you complete a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, you will:
- work and undertake training for one or two days a week while still completing your Certificate of General Education at school on the other days;
- have an industry approved pathway to further study or a job.
Who can do a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship?
You need to:
- Be a full-time school student who is generally 15 years or older
- Have support and agreement from the School to do the program
- Meet any special requirements for employment and training in your chosen industry
- Be an Australian citizen or hold a relevant visa
Will I have to pay for my school-based apprenticeship or traineeship?
You will not pay any fees for your school-based apprenticeship or traineeship. You may have to buy uniforms, protective equipment, text books or trade equipment/tools required by your chosen industry. You may also have to pay for transport to get to work and home again on those days.
How can I find out more about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships?
Talk to us at the RTO/VET office on 9335 6323
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